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Posted: Tue Jan 29 2013
Well groomed and with a rather chic new bar, the Almeida Theatre turns out thoughtfully crafted theatre for grown-ups. Under artistic director Michael Attenborough it has drawn top directors like Howard Davies and Richard Eyre, and premières from the likes of Stephen Adly Guirgis, though its current output is more of a conservative pleasure than it was in the groundbreaking 1980s. Variously housing reading rooms, a Victorian Music Hall and a Salvation Army Citadel, the Almeida Theatre has had a rich past, but is particularly associated with its now-defunct annual season of new opera commissions, Almeida Opera. These came to an end in 2007, though summers still see a short programme of contemporary opera, music and theatre and Almeida Opera (the company) continues to tour nationally.
What's on at Almeida Theatre
Off-West End, Drama
A new play from Simon Stephens is always a bit of an event. His last in London, 'Birdland', was a sell-out hit at the Royal Court while his adaptation of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' continues to be a smash over here and will soon...
Off-West End, Drama
The world premiere of a new Mike Bartlett play following on the heels of his last one for the Almeida - the epic hit 'King Charles III'. The unnerving 'Game' focuses on a young couple in the midst of a housing crisis who are offered a home of their own...
Drama, Off-West End
- Rating: 4/5
- Critics' choice
Somebody I know walked out of the Almeida’s revival of Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ after the first act, something I’d say was roughly equivalent to switching off ‘Psycho’ before Janet Leigh rocks up to the Bates Motel. Across the pond, Wilder’s 1938...
Off-West End, Drama, Shakespeare
Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold brings his 2011 RSC production of Shakespeare's tricky 'The Merchant of Venice' to north London over Christmas. Forget the season though, this will be as far from icy as you can get: Goold has the action taking place...